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|THE HOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL.
May 23rd and 24th 1970.
Music Now report.
Such thoughts were melted away by the goodness of his music . It was beautiful, emotional, soulful. This was stunning example of how one man can entertain thousands. "Sunny "drew yells of enthusiasm as did "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying ". His interpretation of "Theme From Romeo and Juliet," played on acoustic guitar , was luxuriously soothing and lyrical . The vast crowd sat hushed and wide eyed. They were soon bouncing again though as Jose drove his way through "Cotton Fields. " He took an incredible guitar solo and had everyone singing along with him.
As if to emphasize his versatility Jose switched to electric guitar for a couple of numbers. He did a slow "Kansas City "and a bluesy "Born Under A Bad Sign ." Both songs gave him the opportunity to play the electric Blues guitar. Of course he did it very well and it was good to hear him in this different style but I was pleased to see him go back to the acoustic guitar.
Next he went through a very funny routine about Coke ads. He did impersonations
of how people like the Bee Gees,Dylan
and Tiny Tim might
sing the praises of the famous drink. Very amusing indeed , it went down very
well. Then he got back to the music with California
dreaming , hey Jude
and a very poplar encore "Light My Fire".
The applause rang out hard and long and he came back with his own version of the "Flight Of The Bumble Bee "incorporating some unbelievable gymnastics on guitar. More excitement . More applause . This was night of triumph for Jose Feliciano entertainer.
so to Jose Feliciano, what can you say about this man, ? His praises have been
sung the world over countless times and he proved Sunday night that he
really deserved every superlative that has ever been used to describe him. His
style is essentially one of simplicity. He plays his guitar up front and he
has a drummer and bassist accompanying his music and words. He rocks and sways
to the songs and makes the occasional little jokes that everyone laughs at.
His sense of timing is natural and the songs are balanced and very enjoyable.
High Heel Sneakers, Windmills of Your Mind ,Cotton Fields , I Started A Joke , Hey Jude and Light My Fire. All these and many more and all of them tres bon . He played in the early hours for I don't know how long , but everyone stayed to watch him . A brilliant artist.
Disc and Music Echo
Then it was time for Feliciano —the Festival's Special Guest. It must have been hard for him to come on after such an ebullient mood had been set. and by this time it was dark with campfires lit all over the hillside looking just like an army camped before a battle. But Feliciano captivated everyone. From the beginning of "High Heeled Sneakers" he soared through a lovely repertoire ranging from the Beatles' "Day Tripper" and "Hey Jude" to "Born Under A Bad Sign," a blues version of "Kansas City" and some excellent imitations of Tiny Tim , Dylan, Robin Gibb, and would-ya-believe, Donald Duck. These, plus more, plus his hits —"California Dreaming" and "Light My Fire"—aud beautifully backed by bass and drnms~made Feliciano's act the smoothest, and most enoyable entertainment. He seemed happy to be there, and everyone seemed even happier that he was.
High Heeled Sneakers,
Windmills Of Your Mind ,
Donut Let The Sun Catch You Crying
I Started A Joke
Theme From Romeo and Juliet,
Born Under A Bad Sign
Coca Cola Rap.
Flight Of The Bumble Bee
Encore : Light My Fire
Hollywood festival menu
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